Winter | South Tyrol
All the best for the new year!
Did you enjoy the celebrations?
We hope your new year got off to a good start and that you’re looking forward to the coming 12 months as much as we are.
Which traditions form part of your New Year celebrations? Here are some traditions from around the world that we might find strange or that make us smile.
For example, did you know that in Spain, they eat a (seedless) grape with each of the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight? In Japan, the bells are rung 108 times at midnight – luckily, they don’t also have to eat that many grapes! In Italy, red underwear is considered to be a lucky charm for the new year, while in Brazil it’s white clothing. In Scotland, it’s considered lucky to have a dark-haired man carrying traditional fruit cake or shortbread, a glass of whisky, salt, and a piece of coal be the first to enter your home after midnight. And in Argentina, the burdens of the old year are symbolically torn up in the form of paper and then thrown out the window.
At our ski accommodation in the Dolomites, we celebrated the end of the old year and the beginning of the new with South Tyrolean traditions, which we’ll be delighted to tell you about the next time you visit us!
Petra Mutschlechner with family
Bad Ratzes ****